You know, it would not have been such a big deal if Newt Gingrich had waited until next month (or even in a couple of weeks), to declare his candidacy for the GOP nomination for President in 2012.
It might not have been such a big deal if he decided to declare his candidacy in Iowa or Oregon or New York.
But he decided to declare in Georgia and make a speech to the Georgia GOP during their convention.
Why is this such a big deal? Because he snubbed the 1st in the South GOP Primary state of South Carolina. He is declaring his candidacy in Georgia, right next door to South Carolina and a week after South Carolina's convention. He could not have picked a worse time or a worse location. (Except maybe in North Carolina, but lets not quibble which border.) Voters in South Carolina will not shortly forget his lac of consideration for the Primary state that GOP nominees need if they ever want to be elected. (Not since Reagan has a GOP won the Primary without winning South Carolina.)
Gingrich’s fatal mistake in snubbing SC GOP - Columbia Conservative | Examiner.com